Perfect Pizza Sauce

When I moved to Seattle a few years ago, I left my family behind in the Portland area. For those of you that don’t know, the Portland to Seattle drive is not that long, about 3 hours.  I should know, after all Ryan and I have made that drive countless times to visit our family and friends. Yet, some of my friends and family, I won’t name names, you know who you are, have yet to visit us. After yesterday however, I will have to remove my little sister from the list. She called me the other day to tell me she was coming up for a hair show (so nice to have a hair stylist in the family :)) and she wanted to stop by for dinner. Me, being the one always eager to have dinner guests, said “Sure! What can I make?”  Her answer “Pizza”. Perfect, I love pizza and think it is even better homemade.

While my mozzarella addiction only intensifies with each bite, I also think the sauce can either make or break the pizza. For this reason I decided that I would make my own. One of the reasons that I am not a huge fan of store bought sauce is that they tend to be a little too sweet for me. With that said, I still add a little bit of sugar to cut the acidity of the tomatoes. That is just the beauty of making this at home, you can pick and chose the flavors you like.

Perfect Pizza Sauce Recipe

Makes 1 cup Prep Time: Cook Time:


  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 garlic clove, finely minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon fennel seed
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 - 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper depending on the amount of spice you like
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon allspice



Combine all ingredients in a small sauce pan. Cook over medium heat until it starts to bubble slightly, about 5 minutes. Reduce heat and let simmer for 15-20 minutes.


Use on your favorite pizza.


It was nice visiting with my sister. We ate pizza, drank beer and watched Daisy of Love. Classy Klassy all the way ;-) Enjoy!

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    July 6, 2011 at 6:25 pm

    I made this pizza sauce once and now it’s all I want to use! Our pizza was great with it! I had half a can of leftover tomato puree, so that’s what I used instead of the sauce and paste, but it still turned out fabulous! Thanks!

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    January 8, 2010 at 7:17 am

    This sounds like a great mix. It’s make-your-own-pizza Friday night in my house and this recipe is getting put to good use shortly. Thanks for the post.

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    January 7, 2010 at 3:25 pm

    This should be good. I’m having a small little party and making the same thing for my sisters 16th birthday. The party is for whatever reason though. Thank you. I know this recipe won’t let me down.

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    June 10, 2009 at 9:44 am

    I’ve finally perfected pizza crust (sheesh, that only took 10 years!). Now I need to work on the sauce! Your recipe looks great. I love the addition of the allspice – I wouldn’t have thought to add that!

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    Mrs. L
    June 9, 2009 at 11:24 am

    One of these days I need to try to make my own pizzas…something I haven’t done yet.

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    June 8, 2009 at 6:01 pm

    I agree with you.A great pizza sauce makes great pizza..

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